Forked River, N.J. - Every day, 700 employees support safe and reliable operations at Oyster Creek Generating Station. On Monday, June 10, local residents will have an opportunity to meet some of those men and women and see firsthand the training, talent and expertise required to safely generate electricity for the community.
The first-ever Oyster Creek Energy Education Day will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on June 10, for school groups by invitation only. More than 350 elementary, middle and high school-aged students will participate in a variety of scheduled presentations and activities designed to teach them about energy, nuclear power operations and career opportunities in science and technology fields.
That evening, Oyster Creek will host Community Information Night, an annual educational event for local residents of all ages, which will be open to the public from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. ET. Through interactive displays and activities, Exelon representatives and technical experts will provide information on nuclear energy topics, including plant operations, emergency preparedness, used fuel storage, safety, security, environmental stewardship and community outreach. Light refreshments will be available.
"As part of the community, we enjoy listening to our neighbors, answering questions and teaching them about Oyster Creek and nuclear energy," said Garey Stathes, Site Vice President. "The students who participate in Energy Education Day will not only learn about nuclear energy and the important role Oyster Creek plays in their community, they will also get a greater understanding of the many technical career opportunities we offer."
Both events will be held at the station's Education Center off of Route 9 on Intake View Lane, just north of the plant's main entrance in Forked River.
Oyster Creek is about 60 miles east of Philadelphia in Ocean County, New Jersey. The plant produces 636 net megawatts of electricity at full power, enough electricity to supply 600,000 typical homes, which is equivalent to Monmouth and Ocean counties combined residential footprint. In addition, plant workers, through their payrolls, contribute more than $61 million annually to New Jersey's economy.